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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

One good Pipit deserves another

Day off today and fresh from watching the Richard's Pipit at Scalby last weekend I went out to Pugney’s CP to see the recently discovered Blyth’s Pipit, first for Yorkshire, it was on a bit of waste ground adjacent to the Calder Wetlands and as such needed to be flushed to see it, three birders were in there when I arrived and they flushed it a couple of times giving me some flight views, as more birders arrived, including Paz, a couple more flushes ensued and on one it landed briefly on top of a hedge before dropping over the back, as we made our way round it was found in short grass along a wide drainage ditch, scopes were set up and I managed a brief scope view of it on the ground, a bit later after it returned to its favoured field I was lucky enough to have it fly towards me calling and drop down five or six yards away then sit up for a few seconds although not quite long enough to get the camera on it, good bird although not easy. Spent the afternoon pottering around Pugney’s avoiding the heavy showers then moved on to Angler’s CP where a Fox showed well hunting in front of the hide and an adult Yellow Legged Gull was in the roost.

not conclusive for any kind of ID but shows the bird as it was feeding along the drainage ditch

a showy if rather wet Fox

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